Mini Book Reviews – April 2023: What To Read & What To Skip
Welcome to my regular round up of mini book reviews for April 2023! This was the month of thrillers for me! As a mood reader, I never know what’s going to strike my fancy. Maybe you can relate??
So, this month I ended up turning to thrillers and a fantastic historical fiction featuring a bookstore as a break from romance!
In my list of mini book reviews, I include everything I’ve read recently that I finished. I like to share both my five star reads and any misses to help you get a better idea of what you should read or might want to skip.
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Mini Book Reviews – April 2023
I See You
by Clare MacKintosh
A creepy thriller that takes an all-too familiar scenario and turns it into something sinister. How often do you follow the same commute, using the exact same stops, walking the same paths? What if someone was tracking your movement and reporting it to those with innocent…or darker intentions?
I was captivated from start to finish – trying to figure out what was really going on and who was behind it! The innocuous women at the center of it all could’ve been anyone, which made it all that more terrifying. Fast-paced, with an unexpected twist. This was an easy five stars! | 5 Stars | Amazon | Bookshop.org
by Sally Hepworth
This doesn’t have the heart pounding adrenaline rush of I See You, but it’s in immensely compelling domestic drama. One night a woman jumps off a cliff near the house of a young family. The area is known for suicides, but the husband who lives nearby has a reputation for talking people literally off the ledge. Until this woman. Was she suicidal or was she pushed…
As the case is investigated and the women’s identity is revealed, her ties to the husband throw everything into question. I adored the slow reveals and complexity of this story! 4.5 Stars | Amazon | Bookshop.org
The Love Wager
by Lynn Painter
After an embarrassing one-night stand, Hallie decides it’s finally time to get her life on track and start acting like an adult. So, she joins an app looking for a respectable man to date. Of course, she matches with none other than Jack, the guy she just slept with.
They both agree they’re much better off as friends, and then competitors when they make a bet to see who can find true love first! As they start scheduling dates at the same restaurant and hanging out afterward when they inevitably go wrong, they sense something shifting in their friends-only relationship.
Famous For A Living
by Melissa Ferguson
A social media influencer who’s life is suddenly rocked by scandal takes refuge working with her uncle at a rural national park. The novel starts off with an introduction to Cat’s glamorous life and the lead up to her fall from grace. Unfortunately, this section of the book was a bit of a slog for me.
It wasn’t until she shows up at the national park that I really got invested! From there on, it was endlessly entertaining reading about her escapades in nature and the fantastic supporting cast of characters! 3.5 Stars | Amazon | Bookshop.org
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Thank You For Listening
by Julia Whelan
Julia Whelan is undeniably one of the best romance narrator’s you can find, but did you know she also writes?? It was quite fun listening to her read her own book about…audiobook narrators!
Clearly she has plenty of insider knowledge about this subject so I loved hearing all the details about the life and work of a narrator. While parts of the story were engaging, other parts dragged a little bit so this was a fairly middle of the road novel in my opinion. 3.5 Stars | Amazon | Libro.fm
The Only Game In Town
by Lacie Waldon
Honestly, I completely forgot what the premise of this book was when I started reading it. I thought it was a sports novel lol! Wrong! Turns out once I started I couldn’t put it down!! This is small town romance at it’s finest. A wealthy townsperson leaves behind his fortune to whoever wins “the game”
Lacie seems to fall under the radar as an author, despite the fact that her books are some of my favorite romances! She always has fun, light hearted plots and unique characters that I adore reading about. | 5 Stars | Amazon | Bookshop.org
For more mini book reviews, check out What I Read in March 2023!